Global Barrier Services, Inc.’s Slipcoat IRC™ non-stick coating products is a highly effective slat cleaner and lubricant designed to reduce life-cycle costs and maintenance issues resulting from poorly performing drag chains. Slipcoat IRC™ provides a lubricating action to reduce start-up amps and eliminate spiking. Additionally, Slipcoat IRC™ provides a non-stick barrier to ensure materials do not build-up, which can cause shutdowns and operational delays that cost money and significantly reduce productivity. Slipcoat IRC™ will further provide a safe effective barrier should a plant stop with hot mix in the conveyor.
Welded steel chains are widely used in scraper and drag chain conveyors. The three most common ways a chain may fail are tensile, fatigue and wear. In a tensile failure, the chain is overloaded in tension until it is stretched so badly it will not function properly or is pulled apart. In a fatigue failure, the chain is loaded repeatedly in tension, at a load below the yield strength (the chain is not stretched), until microscopic cracks develop in the link plates or sidebars. These cracks continue to grow until the chain breaks. In a wear failure, material is removed by sliding, or sliding combined with abrasion or corrosion, until the chain will not function properly (will not fit the sprockets) or the chain breaks.
If a steel drag chain and drive sprockets are lubricated by a product that has good lubrication and non-stick characteristics, the life of the typical asphalt plant’s drag chain and the associated drive sprockets will be increased. For example, if a plant doing 65,000 tons per month (average) has 1 day of downtime, it can expect to lose roughly $60,000 in revenue for that single day. By utilizing Slipcoat IRC™ the customer can reduce downtime by increasing the life of the drag chain system. Additional savings may be recognized due to the reduction of amps (electrical savings) by the lubricating qualities of the product.
The issues with asphalt drag chain systems have revolved around asphalt stick and plant amperage and spikes on start-up and continued operation throughout the day. Plant volumes to date utilizing our product vary from a low of 1.5 gallons to a high of 5 gallons per day.
Slipcoat IRC™ is 100% biodegradable, completely non-hazardous, made with 100% natural ingredients with no synthetic polymers, requires no dilution, is easy to apply, and has no negative impact on asphalt or equipment.